Decision on chiropodist’s fitness to practise delayed until next year

A former chiropodist with NHS Shetland who has been facing the Health Professions Council regarding her fitness to practise will hear her fate in February.

The hearing concerning Gillian Francis was part heard last week and was adjourned. The conduct and competence committee is scheduled to reconvene on 21st February.

Ms Francis is alleged to have shown an “unhealthy attitude to pain” in her treatment of patients when she was working at the Mid Yell Health Centre. She is charged with failing to stop treatment after the patient complained of a great deal of pain and using inappropriate treatment to patients causing “excessive pain and bleeding”.

It is further alleged she said to a colleague she wanted to repeatedly stab her manager, and that she placed inappropriate content on her Myspace page, including of “young women in provocative clothing”.

Ms Francis is no longer employed by NHS Shetland.


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